The historical significance of Henry VIII

This afternoon, Upper School have been learning to recognise why some people might be judged as more historically significant than others. We first of all unpicked the key vocabulary for today and clarified the meaning of some unfamiliar words. We discussed what it meant to be judged and what…

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Author Visit- Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by AF Steadman

We had a fantastic afternoon listening to the children’s author, Annabelle Steadman. We can’t wait to get started on the first book of her unicorn series. 
Mrs Hurley

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Science- Chemical Reactions

Following on from our work on reversible mixtures last week, the children created and observed a chemical reaction. They pretended they were working for the special effects department of the British Film Industry. They had to create a volcanic eruption using the two reactants, bicarbonate of…

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Showing our values in team games…

Upper School demonstrated respect and compassion towards one another this afternoon - commenting kindly on their teammate’s attempt and supporting each other. They showed they were trustworthy to count their own scores and to be honest about their success. 
 

Well done, Upper…

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Exploring Tudor Portraits

Upper School have continue to explore portraits from a the Tudor times. This week, they have delved into the portraits painted of Sir Francis Drake - a Tudor explorer. They looked for clues in the portraits that would give the impression of personality, character, wealth, responsibility, role and…

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Science - Investigating solutions, colloids and suspensions

Today the Upper School children imagined they were working for the British Film Industry! They had to come up with a way of making five different types of soil to be used in a new film. They had to work out what materials would work best to make a solution, some colloids and some suspensions. They…

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Getting comfortable to improve our reading stamina…

In Upper School, we have been focusing on our reading stamina (gradually increasing the duration of reading without distraction or before losing our concentration).

 

In class, we have a stopwatch which we glance at, the moment we find our concentration is going. Obviously some distractions…

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Let’s Go Sing!

Today the children in Upper School had their second rehearsal with one of the team from Let’s Go Sing. They thoroughly enjoyed listening to and learning the last four songs for the concert in March and we will continue to practise these in music lessons over the coming weeks. The children can also…

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Exploring Tudor Portraits

This half term, we are exploring portraits and what they portray. 
 

We analysed a portrait of Henry VIII and discussed how it portrayed power, status and character. We then created our own versions to portray contrasting messages…

 

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Kaspar - Prince of Cats by the wonderful Michael Morpurgo

Over the next few weeks, Upper School will be exploring ‘Kaspar - Prince of Cats’ by Michael Morpurgo. So far, we have compared alternative book covers, clarified vocabulary, practised active listening skills (we like doing this in Upper School! Doodling with intention!) and made many…

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Exploring new vocabulary linked to The Tudors…

This week, Upper School have started their new topic…The Tudors! Their first challenge was to use secondary resources to find possible answers for their crossword clues. They learnt lots of new vocabulary and were able to recall meanings later on too! 
 

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Upper School’s Creative Games

Today was our final lesson in our Creative Games series of learning. Over the past few weeks, we have practised dribbling, passing and throwing with basketballs, footballs and rugby balls in a series of different games - including games with attackers and defenders and the need to outwit your…

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